FSC faculty pursue academic projects
LAKELAND, Fla. (Jan. 2, 2007) — Florida Southern College faculty members pursue extracurricular academic activities year-round, giving presentations, publishing articles, and attending conferences. The following summarizes their recent activities and recognitions.
FSC mathematics and computer science faculty gave the following presentations at the 31st Annual Meeting of the Suncoast Region of the Mathematical Association of America, held in Brandon Fla. on Dec 1: Dr. Shawn Hedman, “Matching Games;” Drs. Kenneth Henderson, Jr., Dan Jelsovsky, and Susan Serrano, “Active Learning and College Algebra;” Dr. David Rose, “Coining a Sample;” and Gwendolyn Walton, “Application of Markov Chain Usage Models to Describe Long-Run Behavior of Stochastic Systems.”
Dr. Alexander Bruce, associate professor of English, presented "In the Eye of the Storm: Legends of Katrina" at the meeting of the International Society for Contemporary Legend Research, held in Copenhagen, Denmark. He also read "Echoes of the Epic in ‘Andreas’” at the annual meeting of The South Atlantic Modern Language Association and “The ‘Disney Generation’ Goes to College: Gauging the Influence of Disney’s ‘Princess’ Films on College Students” at the annual meeting of The Popular Culture Association in the South and the American Culture Association in the South.
Dr. Catherine Eskin, associate professor of English, presented “‘Then Susanna cryed out with a loude voyce’: Robert Greene’s Susanna and the Eloquence of Silence,” at the Sixteenth-Century Studies Conference held in Salt Lake City on Oct. 27-29. She also presented papers at New Rochelle School of the Arts: "Hanukah, Festival of Lights," and Temple Emanuel in Lakeland: “Blame it on Cain: Modern Economic Insecurity and the Representation of Jews in Shakespeare’s ‘Merchant of Venice’” and “Indulge Me,” which was published in The Menorah 4.5 (December 2006).
Mary Flekke and Randall M. MacDonald, librarians, published “Cypress Gardens,” a history of Florida’s first theme park.
Dr. Carmen Valdez Gauthier, associate professor of chemistry, presented a paper at the International Meeting of the International Center for First-Year Undergraduate Chemistry Education-Proyecto Integral de Educación Química (ICUC-PIEQ XV) of Chemical Education for a Sustainable Development. She served as a plenary speaker and chair of the scientific committee on the preparation of chemistry professors within the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development framework. Gauthier was also elected to the board of the ICUC. On Nov. 2 Gautier attended the Chemical Lecture Series in Lima, Peru, and presented “Electronic and Chemical Structures of Supramolecular Structures/Gold Interfaces Using Photoelectron Spectroscopy.
Dr. Mary Pharr, professor of English, attended the “Going Global: Environmental History” seminar at the National Humanities Center for three weeks in June. She also wrote a review of a new book on Stephen King and began work on a chapter in an anthology on science-fiction TV series. As well, she gave the plenary address, “Purely Theoretical: Postmodernism and Contemporary Film,” at the FSC Fall Faculty Forum in August.
Dr. Christopher H. Ramey, assistant professor of psychology, published two articles, “First-day Impressions of an Introductory Psychology Course: It’s All in Your Hands (along with whipped cream),” in the Journal of Cognitive Affective Learning (3, 10-12); and “Taking Politics out of Morality,” in PsycCRITIQUES-APA Contemporary Psychology Review of Books (51, Article 10).
Dr. Claudia Slate, professor of English, published "Florida Room: Battle for St. Augustine 1964: Public Record and Personal Recollection” in Florida Historical Quarterly and “Teaching Slavery in Florida Through Florida Plantation Museums” in FCEA Florida Studies Proceedings (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2006). She also chaired "The Legacy of Slavery and Sisterhood: The Life and Work of Harriet Jacobs" at a conference at Pace University, New York City.
Dr. John L. Stancil, associate professor of accounting, was selected as chair of the Accounting Track for the 2007 Annual Meeting of the Southeast Chapter of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences. Stancil was also rated as a top expert for November on the website, allexperts.com.
Dr. Timothy R. Toops, associate professor of education was selected to serve on the board of The International Society of Educational Planning (ISEP). Toops was also named to the review board of the ISEP journal, Educational Planning.
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